UTAH, March 13, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Film Commission announced this week that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board has approved of five new productions for state film incentives.
The films are expected to generate an economic impact of $6.9 million and create approximately 300 local jobs.
The Utah Film Commission statement says the five films are:
● “Christmas at the Madison,” Parts 1 and 2. These two related Hallmark Channel films star sisters Kimberly Williams Paisley and Ashley Williams.
“For over 15 years, I’ve chosen to film in Utah as much as possible,” said producer, David Wulf. “The crew base, diverse locations, the business friendly environment, and the incentives have all been crucial to these particular projects.” Spending an estimated $4.2 million in the state and hiring 186 crew, the two productions are scheduled to film consecutively in April.
● “Summering,” directed and co-produced by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”).
“We’re thrilled to make ‘Summering’ in an environment with so much timeless beauty, drama, and unique personality,” said Ponsoldt, quoted in the Utah Film Commission statement.
Approved for the Motion Picture Incentive Program, the production will begin filming in June with an estimated spend of $2 million in the state.
● “Line Upon Line: Season 2,” an animated series from local production company, Living Scriptures, was approved under the Community Film Incentive Program, supporting smaller, local projects.
“It’s a dream come true for Living Scriptures to again be animating, especially using local artists, here from Utah,” said Matt Brown, Living Scriptures CEO, in the statement. “Utah has such amazing artistic talent, and we are thrilled to be growing our talent locally. Our new and veteran animators and illustrators absolutely love this project, and assuredly it will continue to be our most watched series.”
● “Mistletoe Mixup,” starring real-life brothers Joey, Matt and Andrew Lawrence, was also approved under the Community Film Incentive Program. “Mistletoe Mixup” was written by Park City local, Kaylin Richardson and will begin filming in March around Wasatch and Summit Counties.
Producer, Tim Schaaf commented, “There is no other place in the US where you can get small town charm, stunning mountain vistas, and be within a convenient distance of a major airport. Utah is a special place, and we look forward to featuring it prominently in the film.”